Thursday, October 25, 2012

TIME FOR SADAQAH ....ANYONE?

ATTENTION PLEASE: 



ASSALAMUALAIKUM WA RAHMATULAHI WA BARAKATU!

As many of you know, I have mentioned many times about our non-profit organization "Pious Muslimah Inititaive", which now has been given the new name "Pink Salam". For more information please check out my blog posts on the kind of work we have been doing (Sadaqah & Sadaqah II ).

The reason for the name change is because we wanted something shorter, catchier, and straight to the point. Though Pious Muslimah Initiative (PMI) is a great name, it is rather long and it seems to only attract Muslimahs. The new "makeover" of Pink Salam, is focussing on the same concept of Sadaqah (charity) but also gearing mainly towards Dawah to Muslims and Non-Muslims, adhering strictly to the Qur'an and Sunnah. We aim to unite sisters only from all over the world by bringing everyone together for one purpose, and that is to SPREAD ISLAM THE PEACEFUL WAY , THROUGH THE QUR'AN AND SUNNAH and also through Sadaqah. Our website is still under construction but our projects are listed on our site www.pinksalamteam.blogspot.com . If you would like to volunteer feel free to contact me for a brief interview. 

That being said, our latest project has been launched and we are looking for donations. Please read below, to learn more about the latest initiative. May you find it in your heart to donate for the sake of Allah to these children who are in dire need of a proper Islamic education. If you need more "legitimate" information please feel free to contact me @ onechinesemuslimah@gmail.com (SISTERS ONLY, Brother's emails will be rejected RIGHT AWAY)

PLEASE NOTE:

YOUR DONATIONS GO STRICTLY TO THE ORGANIZATION I SWEAR BY ALLAH NONE OF THE MONEY IS KEPT FOR OUR OWN USE (we are still looking for donors and sponsors to aid our humbled, non-profit organization) (I fear Allah, and He is watching me as I write this, I do not lie and the money does not go anywhere else EXCEPT to the organization itself. The organizations we choose, we trust them as well that they will use the donations exactly as needed for the cause).




Al-Noor Academy :



Name of Organization (school): Al Noor Academy

Number of Kids: 200+

Brief Description of Concerns : To educate the poor children who cannot afford the expensive education of well-off schools

Curriculum : Education of Holy Quran, Islamic Quiz Competitions and trying to provide all those facilities and activities (without any cost) which the other schools provide at higher fees, Special programs and practical work for Hajj and Ramadan months to bring awareness in the kids, Proper NCC Training, Field trips and Science & Art Exhibitions.

How Can Donations Help? : By keeping our dynamics in view, you may help in any way you can, we are helpless financially and economically. We need a space for atleast 3 years to establish ourself and then help ourself after getting established or a small license to work legally.

Bio of the organization: 


My name is Amna, a 24 year old working lady, I have been working since more than 6 years, you can say since after my father passed away, we, two sisters decided to financially support our family, after 1 year my elder sister got married so I was working alone and soon my eldest brother also got a better job. 

When my father was alive, it was his dream to educate the helpless and needy, he was jobless for more than 10 years, my mother got a job in a school, she used to awake for hours and hours and my father always felt guilty in his heart that his wife has to do all this just because he was jobless. He was also a patient of diabetes. My mother supported my father always, she never let him down. When my sister and I completed our higher studies, we got working in schools in the morning, went for Al-Quran Madrasa in the afternoon, gave tuition to kids in the evening till night. We always got very tired but never complained to our parents, we were happy that ALhumdulillah we are busy in life and away from bad deeds and thoughts, SubhanAllah, Allah has a perfect reason behind everything. 

One day my mother's school principal came in our house and said to her that she is very weak now and wants to take retirement, she said that she had seen a small house in a very old area, she want to educate the poor people of that place because their parents are mostly labours and maids and they do not earn enough to educate their kids in big school with lots of fees. She handed over the keys and documents to my mother saying that she trusts her a lot and she wants my mother to this to gain Ajar in this world and the next, she also advised my mother that you should not charge them any fixed amount of fees, if they can pay then let them pay as much as they can be it SR 25 or SR 50, keep it to the least and if they cannot pay then educate them for the sake of Allah. She also told her that it may look like a very very small school or call it a tuition center, but the education provided must be the level of the well known schools. The curriculum must be British or from the OXFORD university press.

My mother was very happy and thankful and so was my father, they both started working on it and established it, my and my sister were too young at that time but we still helped in. Just within 4 years, the school was full of 300 students out of which only 40 to 50 were paying fees as much as they could afford. There were 5 teachers, my mother had to pay the salaries and rents + bills from the school's entire income, so there was no loss no profit. But Alhumdulliah the parents were very happy that their children are being educated, all parents were Sudanis, Egyptians and Pakistanis and 90% of them were without residence permit. The school still had no license because the income was not at all enough for getting a SR 1 million license. Even if we somehow could manage for the license then the our aim of 'Giving best education to the poor and needy' would have been dead. Because their are several conditions to fulfil after getting licensed; the building should be new and in a new area, there must be science lab, library, staff room, 75 computers, latest teachnolgy, blah blah blah which we can never fulfil.

The school was very smoothly running and one day my father passed away. The school had to be closed for 4 month because my mother had to stay in Iddah. There was a teacher in our school who asked my mother not to close the school otherwise the kids will not come back maybe or they will go to different schools. She asked my mother to hand over the school to her for 4 month and after 4 month my mother can come back and restart. So my mother just agreed to handover to her while she kept waiting for her Iddah to be over, and when it did, my mom went back to school after 2 days of Iddah's completion, the teacher refused to move out and said that my mother had SOLD the school, students and furniture to her, ASTAGHFIRULLAH! My mother got very angry but didn't say anything and came back home, many people advised my mother to start her school again in the same old area with the same school name 'Al-Noor Academy' - because it was originally hers! She had complete rights upon its everything!

So my mother started it all over again in the same old area for the same poor kids, now my father was not there so it was me and my brother who helped her all through the process. The kids came back to my mother from the 'teachers occupied' school and soon all the students came back to my mother after knowing she has opened it in a new place, all the parents and students were very attached to my mom, they loved her a lot. The school kept running, now we had 200 students after the restart. 5 teachers. MashaAllah the education given to them was excellent, it was OXFORD course and many activites, field trips, projects, functions, exhibitions and SubhanAllah National Cadets Corps (NCC) training had also started in our school, their special uniforms were stitched in order from Pakistan. It was very small school but we always managed to do everything for these innocent kids. All the expenditures were from our own pockets because there was no fees only 5% were paying. But we kept our faith in Allah very firm and kept on. 

This year, we felt the school has a very less space, we found a new location, the rent was reasonable, I told my mother that we will manage to pay it InshaAllah, we moved in the new building, decorated the classrooms etc, the kids were very happy to see this new 'spacious' school MASHALLAH! --- All of a sudden there was a phone call on my mother's mobile, a lady said I want to admit my students in your school, tell us your location, my mom told her and she came in along with a inspection team. That lady was an agent and she came with her secretary and two men from Ministry of Education. We were shocked and kept praying to Allah. But the sealed the school saying that "someone had complained to us about this school is without license and that person gave us your number" - it can be someone nearer to us or there can be so many people who could be enmities Astaghfirullah!!!! 

Only Allah knows whoever that can be! But whoever it was, he has spoiled the future of all the working teachers, studying poor kids, and the canteen lady's income that was only from this school she was earning. 

For the time being, we had called many students in our home to give them tuitions, but it was not easy to accomodate many in a little house, so we are now teaching them in a nearby apartment. It's rent is very high. Also we have to cover all the dues, loans and payments for the school books we had bought for the students to sell them in half rates, and the advance rents + bills of the previous location and this location. InshaAllah if we get some amount arranged upto SR 15,000 ($4000) or it can be less than it, no problem, then definitely we will do something for these kids who are unable to move to big schools and pay their big fees.
Any help in this matter would be highly highly appreciated and we would remain obliged.
JazakAllah Khairan Katheeran Katheera!




                                       
                                                                           

For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward.(Surah Al-Hadid 57:18)

“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower).” (Qur’an, 2:261)

Mu'aadh bin Jabal (RA) related from the Prophet (SAW) “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)




2 comments:

  1. Asalamu alaikum.

    Eid Mubarak!

    Take Care.

    p.s greatr post

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  2. I pray distrust is taken away from our hearts and the True Muslims in need get the help the deserve...Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala is the best of providers...Ameen...

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Assalamualaikum, please be mindful about what you are about to write. Think about it before writing and make sure it is something positive and beneficial, otherwise it will be deleted and ignored. JazakiAllah kheyr ! Sisters ONLY! xo